LEE COUNTY, Fla. - If you dished out a lot of money over the last few days, it's now time to give back. That's the idea behind a new national effort called #GivingTuesday.
It kicks off across the country and in Southwest Florida the Tuesday after Thanksgiving. The idea is easy. Find your favorite charity and donate. The amount doesn't matter. It's more about coming together and simply spreading the spirit of giving.
#GivingTuesday was named after the strong buzz it got on the social media sites Facebook and Twitter.
"I think people are in more of a charitable mood during this time of year," says Tara Beauchesne, director of marketing and business development for Coconut Point Mall.
Coconut Point in Estero is joining the national day of giving for the second year in a row. They're teaming up with two national charities and one in Southwest Florida. That local group, Music for Minors, donates gently used instruments to kids in need.
"It's amazing," says Don Rhynard, president of Music for Minors. "We're a very grassroots, small organization so to have anybody in the community that wants to help us out and in turn we can help the kids, it's always a good thing."
With the help of social media, #GivingTuesday has exploded in just its second year and charities across the country are just thankful this will give them an extra boost heading into the end of the year.
"We're trying to do things for the community, so anything that keeps us local and involved is a good thing,l" says Rhynard.
If you would like to donate to Music for Minors, a collection box for gently used instruments will be at the guest services office at Coconut Point.